Basic ship construction guide
Building a spaceship is one of the core aspects of Avorion gameplay. This guide will give a short overview on necessary knowledge for building. This guide explains the basic steps to get a functional space craft after the spawn in the start sector.
A short note on building[edit | edit source]
Avorions build mode can be confusing at the beginning. It is important to be aware of the fact that blocks will not influence each other. That means for example, that thrusters and engines may be covered from any side without any effect on their function.
First Steps[edit | edit source]
In singleplayer the starting sector will always contain one large asteroid with no mine on it, that can be claimed by the player and be sold to a faction for a significant amount of credits. This offers great start capital to build a ship. The sector will also contain asteroids with Iron (and sometimes Titanium) that can be mined.
Materials[edit | edit source]
The choice of the material (or the combination of both) is up to the player, even though certain blocks are only available in certain materials, like the Generator, which can not be build of iron, or the Inertia Dampener, which can only be build of Iron or Avorion.
It is important to point out, that Iron is a much heavier material than Titanium, resulting in the need for more thrusters to compensate for that and using Iron to build the ship will allow for larger ships due to the cheap price and the commonness of its occurrence.
Blocks[edit | edit source]
Avorions build mode allows for almost unlimited creativity of the player, although there are specific blocks required on any ship. These are:
Furthermore there are some blocks that are not a necessity, but will still be of great use on almost all ships. These are:
Note that there are many more blocks such as the shield generator or cargo space, that are useful in many situations. These are not listed here, because they are either not available at the very start of the game or not necessary for a basic ship.
Crew quarters are used to keep the morale of the crew up and thus prevent them from leaving the ship, while thrusters and engines are simply needed to move the ship (take a look at the thrusters page to learn more about the direction of thrust). Note that a power source is not necessary for very small crafts, as any ship will have a default energy production of 500 MW.
Stats[edit | edit source]
The stats of the ship are always visible on the right side of the screen while in build mode. The game will highlight insufficient stats in yellow or red color. Note that those stats that affect speed and thrust depend on the crew of the ship in addition to the blocks, which means that yellow stats are fine on a ship without crew.
A value that should receive more attention than others is the energy production, which should at least be twice the ships energy consumption to allow for boosting and acceptable hyperspace cool-downs. Note that a ships energy production can also be increased by the use of an Generator Upgrade.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
The inventory of the player in any newly generated singleplayer galaxy will contain two chaingun turrets as well as two mining turrets. Note that a ship without any system upgrades has only three weapon slots available (one armed, one unarmed, and one for either). These turrets can be equipped in the build mode, but will require crew to work.
Additional turrets as well as system upgrades can be bought at the equipment dock in the starting sector, although their cost will exceed the players financial capabilities in most cases.
Crew[edit | edit source]
A Crew can be hired at any station. It is up to the player whether the crew should consist of default crewmen, specialists or a mix of both. Specialists cost more to hire and to keep, but can improve their respective skills over time. Default crew are cheaper and do not improve, but can switch their roles easily.